Lt. Franciszek Jarecki flight suit at the Udvar-Hazy Center
On the morning of March 5, 1953, Lt. Franciszek Jarecki defected from the Polish Air Force while leading a patrol of four MiG-15s from his base at Stolp, Poland. He wore this flight suit during his daring flight to freedom.
Image Number: WEB10854-2008
Credit: National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
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